Yesterday, Facebook officially announced that they removed around 115 accounts from their different platforms specifically about 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts, which are expected to be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections. The company mentioned that almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English. In addition to it pointed out that they will update their statement to inform users whether the removed accounts were connected to Russia, “On Sunday evening, US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities,” “Once we know more — including whether these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency or other foreign entities — we will update this post.”
Today, Facebook unveiled in a new official statement that the 115 accounts that had been removed yesterday for inauthentic behavior ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections may indeed have been regarded to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency. The company also added on its statement that a site claiming association with the IRA today posted a list of Instagram accounts it had made which included many Facebook had taken down yesterday, and it also has since taken down the rest, as confirmed by Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher to TechCrunch.
On this front, it should be kept in mind that the Facebook company previously accused the IRA of using its platforms to interfere with US politics and the 2016 Presidential election.
Facebook efforts are huge and non-stop to prevent data manipulation, inauthentic behavior, and abuse across its different social media platforms, as well as stopping false news and the misuse of its platforms. It had made a strong collaboration in its cleanup campaigns with people working more closely with law enforcement, US law enforcement, security experts, and other technology companies, in order to be able to force the people responsible, who are determined and well-funded, out of Facebook. In August, Facebook removes 652 Pages, Groups and accounts which originated in Iran and Russia- for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, last week, the company also banned 82 Pages, Groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior, which originated in Iran and oriented to people in the US and UK.